FORT DRUM, N.Y. (WWNY) - As Veterans Day approaches, Fort Drum and soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division salute those who have served.
As snowflakes fell Thursday, soldiers, community members, and veterans, stood in salute.
They gathered at Memorial Park on Fort Drum to honor those who've served in our nation's armed forces.
Command Sergeant Major David Hansen and General Brian Mennes, commander of the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, placed a wreath below the Military Mountaineer statue.
General Mennes says those who served wouldn't be able to do what they do without the community's support.
"We have a great community that supports our folks and our soldiers and I think it's important to have them all here with us as we honor our veterans and really the community that supports all of our soldiers, you know, both in the wars of many many years ago, as well as the wars that are occurring today unfortunately," he said.
General Mennes says he's thankful on Veterans Day.
"I've had a great fortune of being in uniform for 35 years. I've got to watch and walk with some amazing people - real giants who I call heroes," he said.
He says it's important to honor the warrior class, today, Veterans Day, and everyday.
"God bless this great country, our Army, and this great division and community. Climb to glory," he said.
Mennes will be speaking next Tuesday at a Veterans Day celebration at the Hilton Garden Inn in Watertown. All veterans and community members are welcome to attend. Click here to register.